from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make fruitful or productive.
  • intransitive v. To bear fruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bear fruit; to generate useful products or ideas.
  • v. To make productive or fruitful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To bear fruit.
  • transitive v. To make fruitful; to render productive; to fertilize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bear or produce fruit.
  • To make fruitful; render productive; fertilize: as, to fructify the earth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make productive or fruitful
  • v. bear fruit
  • v. become productive or fruitful


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English fructifien, to bear fruit, from Old French fructifier, from Latin frūctificāre : frūctus, fruit; see fruit + -ficāre, -fy.

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From Old French fructefier.


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